The things that the Switch does so successfully are things that I've been saying mobile gaming has needed to do for a while now. It just so happens that Nintendo has got there first. But that doesn't mean that the mobile gaming world doesn't have things it can learn from the Switch. Things like these.
The Overwatch League is a pretty big deal. It's an attempt to really push eSports into the mainstream, by turning them into, well, regular sports. But slightly less sweaty. It's a lavish affair with teams from all around the world, and more fanfare than your average LAN party.
Now, currently mobile dominates the world in terms of revenue share. It accounts for just over 40% of all the money spent on games. That's the biggest single slice of the pie, and around ten percent more than console gaming makes. So why doesn't mobile gaming have its own Overwatch League?
Happy last day of the week. I hope you've been having a good one. I have. I saw ten doggos today. So because I'm in a good mood, I thought I'd round up all of the best games that are currently on sale on the App Store.
There are some real gems out there this week, and we've included links so you can go and download them. Oh, and if we've reviewed the game in question here at 148Apps, we've stuck a link for you to jump to it too. Don't say we don't treat you well. And make sure you come back next week for more awesome iOS coverage. We'll miss you if you don't.
We're getting to the end of the first real, full, proper week of 2018. And in that time we've seen some pretty awesome games landing on the App Store. Of course, we've seen some absolute duffers as well. The sort of games that you look at and start crying uncontrollably for hours on end.
With that in mind, we thought we'd give you a rundown of the games that have come out this week that you should definitely be playing. That's right, these are the best games that have come out for iPad and iPhone this week, and we've put them in a lovely list for you.
If there's one thing that Pokemon GO did well, it was bringing people together. I still remember seeing groups of people around the marina near where I live in the weeks after the game came out, all of them trying to grab some water Pokemon. There was a community, a bunch of disparate people brought together to catch some make believe monsters.
Even recently, with the game losing some of that initial wow factor, events have pulled players together to try and catch them all. Which is what makes Niantic's decision to pull support for the game from iPhones and iPads that can't run iOS 11 all the more perplexing.
The community matters
Games like Pokemon GO thrive on their community. I mean, when you strip it down to the bare bones, it's really just a map with a few shiny trinkets spread around it. But the added competition of real-life players, of pitting your training skills against your friends, is part of what made the game sing from the off.
And now the step has been taken to hobble some of that community. To basically take the game away from them. Of course, I know that a lot of people will won't care. They'll have a device they can still play the game on, but the galling thing is the precedent that this is setting.
Some new games already won't run on the 6S, which came out in 2015. And that shows how big a problem serious game players could end up facing in the years to come. We can't all afford to update to the newest iPhone every time it comes out, but lagging just a couple of years behind shouldn't present such a massive problem.
More than a game console?
Yes, the iPhone is more than a device for playing games on, but look at the lifespans of videogame consoles. In the case of the PS3 and Xbox 360, they stretched into double figures. Seriously. When the Xbox 360 first came out, the iPhone didn't even exist. And since the iPhone came out just over a decade ago, we've seen 18 different models.
Bear in mind this is a game you can play on Android 4.4, which came out in 2013. If you're on an Apple device, you need to be running an OS that only landed last year. So here's a final thought. Communal games like Pokemon GO are some of the easiest to unravel.
It's not about losing huge chunks of players, but just a few here and there. When meet ups get smaller, people are less interested in going. And if your phone can't run the game any more, then you're definitely not going to bother. While there are obviously reasons behind Niantic's decision, this feels like the first cracks starting to show in the great gaming edifice that was Pokemon GO.
It's always tempting to have the best thing. As game players we're almost conditioned to chase the biggest processor, the most power, the next generation. Even mobile gaming isn't immune to this push to progress - there are games on the App Store that don't work on an iPhone 6 any more.
Which means the iPhone X should be the device at the top of all of our want lists right? It's get the sharpest processor, it's as future proof as an Apple device ever gets. It's the top of the toppest range of smartphones. We should all be clamouring to get one.
Let's not thwack around the undergrowth here, Nintendo has done alright when it comes to mobile games. Super Mario Run is probably one of the best auto-runners on the App Store, and you can see why by clicking here for our review. And Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes are both solid experiences.
Now re-read that first paragraph. I just described two Nintendo games as “solid experiences”. That's not something that usually happens with the big N's output. Sure it might not throw out games left right and centre, but the ones that do come out are almost always top of their class.
There's a new video game comedy show coming from Seth Rogen. I don't know about you, but that whole sentence has filled me with a sort of awful dread. It's creeping up my chest, and I feel like it's about strangle me.
Anyway, it'll probably pass. So while I'm shivering on the floor wondering where the whole world has gone wrong, I thought I'd take the time to think up some of the funniest games on the App Store.
Because I don't know, someone had to, and since it's pretty late and everyone else is probably out having a lovely time with people who they like and who like them, it may as well be me. Sigh. Here goes. Fun times.
So The Last Guardian has been delayed, again. It's almost like that game is never going to come out. I mean, none of us are really that bothered because it's not a mobile game, and mobile games are the best sort of games in the whole of the world.
But what if The Last Guardian has caught your wandering eye and you want a game to fill the now extended time between the present and the non-determinate time when the game actually lands on the PS4?
Well, why don't you give one of these pocket-sized gems a go? They might not scratch the itch completely, but they could prove to be a soothing balm for a brief time. And quite frankly that's all any of us can ever really ask for.
There's a Titanfall card battler coming out. So that's a thing. Now let's all take a moment to think about the sort of content we could spin out of that fact. Remember to consider SEO while your cogs are whirring.
Oh wait, I've got it, let's look at some of the other tie-in games that have come out on the App Store and have a good old laugh about them.
Who knows, we might even find some good ones out there? I can think of like maybe two. I'll try and think some more as I get deeper into the list, but I'm not promising anything. Let's just roll with it and see what happens.
Look, I don't want to start an argument because of my excellent content writing skills, but anyone who's anyone knows that Luigi is the best of the Mario brothers. I mean, for starters his first name and his second name aren't exactly the same. That instantly makes him more trustworthy.
Plus he's the underdog, the other brother, the charming moustache-wearing loser who secretly we all root for. He's more than the player two character, he's an institution. I mean he had a whole year dedicated to him. Remember that? That was a thing that actually happened.
To that end, here are just some of the reasons that it should be Luigi spearheading Nintendo's next mobile game and not his stupid brother whose name I've already pretty much forgotten. Martin or something, I think.
So you’ve mastered the basics of Spellspire. By which I mean you’ve realised it’s all about spelling things in a spire. What next?
Well you’re going to need to figure out how to toughen up your character. It’s all well and good being able to spell really, really long words, but it’s not going to mean a thing if your gear isn’t up to scratch.
Don’t worry though, we’ve got plenty of hints and tips to guide you through ensuring your little wizard is as strong as he can possibly be.